Fantastic Gifts for Your Thanksgiving Host
First, yes, you must bring something. Some hosts will politely say not to, but consider the turkey-and-potatoes-and-cranberries-and-green-beans-and-pies. You’ll realize it’s your duty, as a dinner guest, to contribute. Of course, if you were asked to bring a sweet potato casserole, don't even think about showing up with a honey ham or pumpkin pie.
But the second rule is to always bring a separate small gift as a token of your appreciation. Bringing a bottle of your host's favorite wine or an additional six-pack of beer is a smart, easy, and affordable way to say thanks. But it's not the only option. Below are some of our favorite Thanksgiving gifts.
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Le Creuset Set of Mini Cocottes
These adorable little cocottes make for a welcome addition to even the best-stocked kitchens.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $100
You can’t go wrong with a cake stand—especially when it’s made of Waterford crystal. Pull out all the stops by baking a cake to go with it.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $235
Break the tradition of bringing wine by gifting your host with a board game instead. Trivial Pursuit is a fun way to distract guests from the discomfort of their food comas.
To buy: amazon.com, from $30
A Wintery Candle
Help get your host into the holiday spirit with this dainty little candle that’s reminiscent of a warm fire.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $65
Himalayan Salt Mortar and Pestle
This unique gift will assuredly put a smile on any foodies face. Crush herbs, dips, and salsas in this mortar made of Himalayan crystal salt to amplify the flavor.
To buy: uncommongoods.com, $36
Help your host unwind once all the guests have left by giving them a relaxing bath oil. We love this scent and infusion of stress-relieving salts from the Dead Sea by Molton Brown.
To buy: moltonbrown.com, $30
Kusmi Tea Sampler
Whether your host decides to put these out for dessert or keep them for themselves, this assortment of Kusmi’s exclusive blends is a foolproof gift.
To buy: kusmitea.com, $65
Zeel Gift Card
Assuming your host is going to be pretty wiped out from all the planning, cooking, running around, and shopping that go hand-in-hand with entertaining, an in-home gift certificate for a massage is an excellent, thoughtful way to say thank you.
To buy: zeel.com, prices vary
Match Holder and Striker
For the person who has everything, consider this gorgeous little faux-shagreen match striker by Aerin.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $330
Red Wine Stain Remover
This red wine stain remover from “Chateau Spill” is practical with a side of humor.
To buy: uncommongoods.com, $8
Another useful gift for host who loves to entertain, this decorative tureen is inspired by 17th century Portuguese design and comes with a matching platter and ladle.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $485
Sugar & Creamer Set
This lovely sugar and creamer set is both pretty and practical—especially if your host entertains often.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $260
Moscato d’Asti: Cascinetta Vietti or Elio Perrone Sourgal
The ultimate host gift can double, in a pinch, as a backup comestible. Giving a sparkling wine, for example, ensures there's a bottle left by the time the dessert course rolls around. Select something delicate, not overwhelmingly sweet, or opt for a good, dry Riesling.
To buy: wine.com, $15.99
Really Gorgeous Measuring Spoons
Well-made, good-looking measuring spoons (such as these pewter ones engraved with flowers) always come in handy. And may even encourage your host to tackle the Thanksgiving feast next year.
To buy: beehivehandmade.com, $58
Honey and Good Cheese
Really Good Chocolate
Like a dessert wine, a box of chocolates can double as a Thanksgiving treat or a gift for your host to enjoy after the last guest has left. Whether you go with adorable (such as John & Kira’s tiny “bees”) or elegant (crème brûlée truffles from Kee’s) confections, it’s the rare host that won’t appreciate the sweet gesture.
To buy: amazon.com, $29.95
Bottle of Barolo
Luxardo Cherries and a Pint of Vanilla Ice Cream
These Italian marasca cherries are as gorgeous as they are delicious. Pair them with a pint of vanilla ice cream for your host to spoon them over later (or, if you're lucky, while you're still around).
To buy: amazon.com, $24.99
Maple Syrup and Pancake Mix
Whoever just brined and roasted that turkey isn’t going to want to cook much the following morning, so make it easy. Homemade or store-bought pancake mix, plus some killer maple syrup. We like this bourbon-barrel-matured rendition from Noble Handcrafted.
To buy: mouth.com, $5.50
A Gift Certificate for Pizza Delivery
Pick up an old-school paper gift certificate to your host's favorite local pizzeria or Thai restaurant—or buy a gift card on Seamless. He or she will definitely be giving thanks when they don't have to cook the day after Thanksgiving.
To buy: seamless.com, from $10